Friday 19 October 2018

Blues to offer Hazard weekly £300,000 deal to fend off Real interest

Chelsea's Eden Hazard. Photo: REUTERS/David Klein
Chelsea's Eden Hazard. Photo: REUTERS/David Klein

Matt Law

Chelsea will resume contract talks with Eden Hazard in the new year and are aiming to make it second-time lucky by signing Ross Barkley from Everton in January.

Hazard's father Thierry cast doubt over his son's Chelsea future by claiming he had rejected a contract offer while he waits to see if Real Madrid bid for him.

But Chelsea are yet to make Hazard a firm contract offer, despite holding talks over a new deal for their star player, whose current deal runs to 2020.

Chelsea will make Hazard an offer in excess of £300,000-a-week in the hope he recommits himself to the club past 2020.

"If you are in a great club and you trust in the club and the ambition of the club, I think it's right to stay," said head coach Antonio Conte, whose team entertain Stoke City today.

Hazard's situation is less pressing than that of Thibaut Courtois, who Chelsea have offered to make the best paid goalkeeper in the world with a new contract worth over £200,000-a-week.

focus Courtois will only have a year remaining on his current deal at the end of this season, which is why Chelsea are hoping to reach an agreement with him next month. There is also the January transfer window for Chelsea to get through before they focus all of their energy on agreeing a new contract with Hazard.

Conte has reiterated the fact he is not in control of Chelsea's transfer business, but that should not stop the club being active, nor should the news that the club made an operating loss for the year they were out of the Champions League.

Although the figure of their loss has not been disclosed in the latest set of financial results, Chelsea managed to pull themselves back into the black thanks to the £60m sale of Oscar last January.

Oscar's departure to Shanghai SIPG contributed to a profit on player trading of £69.2m, which helped Chelsea report an overall profit of £15.3m for the year ended June 30, 2017.

Chelsea's turnover increased 9.8 pc from £329.1m to £361.3m thanks to a greater share of the Premier League broadcast revenue as a result of winning the title.

Kane's treble bid in doubt

Harry Kane could be denied the chance to score a record-breaking third hat-trick in three games after falling ill ahead of Tottenham's trip to Swansea. Kane, the Premier League's top scorer, could be ruled out of Tuesday's game after missing training this week.

Tottenham are hopeful that Kane will recover in time to resume training today, although manager Mauricio Pochettino said the striker is at home and "cannot move".

Having scored three times against both Burnley and Southampton in his last two outings, Kane would become the first player in Premier League history to score three consecutive hat-tricks if he repeated the feat against Swansea.

Telegraph.co.uk

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